STUDENT - THE CERTAINTY AND NECESSITY OF SUFFERING
GET ACQUAINTED - Relate either what hindered you most in coming to Christ or one of your struggles as a Christian.
THE SUFFERING OF JESUS
List the statements of fact and progression of events described by the verb forms in Mk.9:31.
Notice that the same facts are stated in Mt.17:22-23
In Mt.17:10-13, what did Jesus compare His sufferings to?
∑ The Bible not only gives us truth (statements of fact rooted in history, subject to verification), it also gives us reasons (explanations rooted in a verifiable history subject to the laws of logic).
What does Jesus describe as a "must" in Lk.9:22
What points did the angels make to the women at the empty tomb, Lk.24:6-7?
Later, on the road to Emmaus (Lk.24:26), How does Jesus put the rhetorical question to the disciples?
What does Jesus do after asking that question and how does he proceed (v.27)?
What was the disciples' response (v.32)?
Describe what happened when Jesus later appeared to His disciples (v.44-45).
∑ Lk.24 is one place where Scripture impresses upon us that the substantiality of our faith is rooted in and grows out of actual verifiable history, is logically understandable and sensible.
EXERCISE - Spend some time thinking through history as presented in the Bible and write out your observations related to the question, "Why were Christ's suffering, death and resurrection necessary?"
Comment on the concept of necessity in Jn.3:1-15 at verses 7b and 14.
confession and forgiveness of individual sins enough?
THE SUFFERING OF HIS PEOPLE
How are we to view suffering because of our faith in Christ, Mt.5:10-12?
∑ In God's plan, suffering was the path to glory not only for Jesus, but is also the path for those who follow Him.† Christians suffer persecution for identifying with Christ (following Him) in the practice of (1) calling themselves by His name, (2) witnessing to His glory, (3) living righteously unto Him
Is this not what Stephen condemned the not true Israelites for (Acts 7:51-53)?
How does the parable at Lk.20:9-19 dramatizes
EXERCISE - Think through the history of the persecution of the Church and write out your thoughts.† Bring a specific or personal instance to share.
If Christ suffered for me, why do I have to suffer?
Why is suffering part of Godís plan for His people?
Follow the argument in Rom.8:15b-39.
to discuss one of the following passages.